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You miss 100%

Today is like any other day. Except it’s Sunday. “Look,” he says. My son is pointing at me. “You look tired dad.” I don’t know what he’s talking about. I’ve been sleeping for close to nine hours. Today is like any other day. I’m telling myself the same words, over and over again.

“Do you believe we’ll ever be back? Dad. Do you?” I do my best to forget he asked the question. I concentrate. I focus on walking. One step at a time. I open the door to the bathroom. One step inside. I can feel the cold floor.

I’m staring at myself in the mirror, without thinking about whether I was right or whether I was wrong. Today is like any other day. I’m eating breakfast, without thinking about what I’m actually eating. It’s just there, on the table. Ready. Something vegetarian.

Looking at the reflection from the light; I’m thinking of a quote by Wayne Gretzky:

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

“Dad. You finished?” I guess I am. I shut the door. I’m looking at him. He’s looking at me. “Why aren’t you talking?” “Don’t have anything to say.” I respond, quick. “You know what day it is, dad?” “How can I forget?” One more step. Just one more step. The car is ready. Everything inside. My wife is there, outside, holding an apple in her hand, trying to smile.

We’re leaving Skagen. We’re driving home from Denmark. “Let’s never forget,” my son tells me. I nod my head. “We’ll be back, soon,” I say. “Promise?” “Yes, I promise.” As I close the door to the car, I’m thinking about the vacation. I understand why my son is asking me the questions. I remember all too well the places I never visited again. I remember the people I haven’t talked to in years. I miss them.

I turn around and look at my son who’s sitting in the back seat, together with his sister and little brother. “You know who Wayne Gretzky is,” I say. “No dad, who is he?” “He’s the best ice hockey player, ever.” “Ever?” “Yes, ever.” Do you know what he once said?” “No, dad.”

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

My son looks at me, without making any sound. His sister is looking at me, like I’m the weirdest dad ever. “Think about that,” I say, as I turn my head, staring at the road. “That’ll explain why we went on the vacation, and why we’ll be back soon.”

“So, dad, if that’s suppose to be important, why are you so afraid of making any mistakes?”

This time. I’m the one not making any sound.

4 responses to “You miss 100%”

  1. Stan Faryna says:

    You knocked it out of the ball park.

  2. Josh says:

    Stan is right, this was fantastic. FWIW, I saw Gretzky play when he was with the Kings. Was always fun to watch.

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